Fun Christmas Movie Trivia That Will Make Watching Your Favorites a New Experience

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The Holiday season upon us. As the temperature outside continues to drop and the sun goes down earlier and earlier, soon we’ll be making hot cocoa and bundling up on the couch to start watching our favorite Christmas movies. Here is a bit of interesting Trivia you may not have known that may make it more enjoyable this year.

Christmas Vacation

Based on the short story “Christmas ‘59’ by John Hughes, as the first “Vacation” movie was based on Hughes short story published in the National Lampoon magazine. Watch for the scene when Clark, (Chevy Chase,) heads to the attic and begins to reminisce through old films. You’ll see the story title reference as he pulls out a film reel that reads “Xmas ‘59” on the side.

Home Alone

Near the beginning of Home Alone, Kevin McCallister is seen watching an old gangster movie, “Angels with Filthy Souls,” and recites lines as he is watching the film. These lines and clips from the old gangster movie were used in various scenes throughout the movie, as Kevin uses the clips to scare away the robbers trying to break into his home. Well, the old gangster movie wasn’t old at all. It fact, it wasn’t even real. The pieces seen and used were made especially for Home Alone.

The fake gangster movie is actually a parody of a real gangster movie, “Angels with Dirty Faces,” that was released in 1938. Continuing with the parody in the “Home Alone” sequel, this time with “Angels with Even Filthier Souls.”

The Grinch

Image: Getty

Everyone knows that The Grinch is a green Who. But would you be surprised to learn that the Suess originally had made the character black and white with shades of red? It wasn’t until “Looney Toons” animator, Chuck Jones, insisted that the character needed to be green believing it would have greater appeal to a TV audience.

Oddly, Jones said he got the green color inspiration from ugly rental cars that were popular in the D.C. area.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Images: Top Left: “Beetlejuice”; Top Right: “The Princess and the Frog”; Bottom Left: “Alice in Wonderland”. Bottom Right: “Coraline”

The idea for The Nightmare Before Christmas started as a poem Tim Burton wrote back in 1982. Burton originally pitched the idea to Disney during his time as an animator there and was turned down.

Before the film was even made, the main Character, Jack Skellington, did a cameo in Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” 5 years. Jack has also appeared in the background in other films such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and in “Coraline.”

Miracle on 34th Street

The original Miracle on 34th Street” was not at all promoted as a movie about Santa and Christmas. Instead, it was promoted as a romance between Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, popular actors at the time. The Director wanted to release the movie during the hottest movie months of the year and was released the beginning of May 1947 instead of near Christmas.

Movie posters said nothing about Christmas or Santa Claus. The movie trailer was of other popular movie stars talking about how much viewers would love the movie, rather than scenes from the film.

The ploy worked, and the $630,000 budget film grossed around $3 million.

Subsequently becoming a Christmas movie classic, the remake, released in 1994 was released in mid-November. Of course, it was promoted as a Christmas movie.

Related Article:  Christmas Movie Trivia: Top 7 Interesting Facts About the Holiday Classic, White Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This film was almost not released. Executives of CBS hated it. “They thought it was too slow,” according to HuffPost. They didn’t like that the fild had a religious theme, or that it was voiced by children. They were not going to release it…but then they did and it was a big hit with fans, and continues to be every year for millions of viewers.

A Christmas Story: Ralphie Cameo in “Elf.”

The child star of “A Christmas Story,” Peter Billingsley, now a movie producer and director, tells About.com that he loves taking small acting roles from time to time. Image to the right, Ralphie appears in newer classic, “Elf” in an uncredited cameo appearance as one of the elves in Santa’s workshop.

Plan your next Christmas vacation stay in the actual house from “A Christmas Story”.

Image: A Christmas Story House & Museum

You read that right, the real house from “A Christmas Story” can be rented for Christmas. But to rent this dream Christmas vacation you have to first win the Ebay auction listed by, the now museum. The winner gets a two days/nights stay and can bring up to four guests. The most reent auction closed at $6,016.40. If you’re the lucky winner, your experience includes traditional Christmas morning, opening presents in the living room, complete with two BB guns. Don’t shoot your eye out!

For more “A Christmas Story” trivia, click here.

Love Actually

Believing that the iconic dance in “Love Actually,” was not “stately” enough for the character, Hugh Grant was reluctant to do the scene. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Director, Richard Curtis, said Hugh was “Hugely grumpy about it…He kept on putting it off, and he didn’t like the song — it was originally a Jackson 5 song, but we couldn’t get it — so he was hugely unhappy about it. We didn’t shoot it until the final day…”

It’s a Wonderful Life

The FBI declared “It’s a Wonderful Life” Communist propaganda. This was due to their disproval of how banding was portrayed in the film. The FBI even went as far as to issue a memo about this called, “Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry,” on May 26, 1947. Here is a part of the memo…

“…the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. [In] addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.”


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